Grandma Dobbs’ Old Fashioned Cake Recipe

Simple recipe with dates and black walnuts, this Old Fashioned Cake is a favorite.
By Jean Teller
November/December 2012
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Bonnie Ruwart, Mission, Kansas, sends a recipe from an old-time cookbook that is simplicity personified. 

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Grandma Dobbs’ Old Fashioned Cake Recipe

1 teaspoon soda
1 cup chopped dates
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons shortening
1 egg
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup chopped black walnuts

Put 1 teaspoon soda on 1 cup chopped dates.

Pour 1 cup boiling water over this; cool.

Add 1 cup sugar, 2 tablespoons shortening, 1 beaten egg, 2 cups flour and 1 teaspoon baking powder. Mix well. Add 1 cup chopped black walnuts.

Bake in 10-inch iron skillet at 350°F for 40 to 45 minutes.

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